Wake Forest ends USF win streak, 74-61
USF's seven-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as the Bulls fell 74-61 at Wake Forest. The Bulls trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, cut the Wake Forest lead to 10 at the half and five early in the second half before the Demon Deacons took control.
Guards Jesus Verdejo and Dominique Jones led the Bulls with 14 points each, and Wake Forest kept center Kentrell Gransberry out of USF's offense until the final minutes. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Chris Howard had 10 points but also zero assists in 27 minutes. Wake Forest went 9-for-23 on 3-pointers, including four by guard Harvey Hale, one of five Demon Deacons who scored in double digits. USF went 3-for-19 beyond the arc.
The Bulls (7-4) return home for two comparably easy games against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Winston-Salem State before opening Big East play Jan. 2 in the Sun Dome against Rutgers.
And just as one seven-game winning streak ended, USF's women's basketball team has one of its own after a 74-55 win against Belmont in Cancun, Mexico. The seven straight wins matches the longest streak for USF under coach Jose Fernandez.
USF's usual scoring leaders were leading the way, with center Jessica Lawson getting 19 points and guard Shantia Grace scoring 18. Center Brittany Denson, playing in her second game as a Bull, had 16 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes. Freshman guard Gianna Messina, continuing her strong play, scoring 11 points.
The Bulls (9-2) have another extended break after returning home, next playing against Yale on Dec. 30 in the Sun Dome.